5G is here. Commercial deployments are underway and a variety of testbeds and trials are taking place. 5G must be an essential element of the UK’s digital fabric and the underpinning for the 4th Industrial Revolution – which if the UK grasps early will raise productivity and provide a comparative advantage.
These networks also pose challenges. Firstly, the technical nature of them increases the attack surface for potential attacks. Secondly, the adoption of 5G by other parts of our Critical National Infrastructure will increase our reliance on such networks, and likely the attractiveness to attacking them by hostile actors.
Government has recently set out its policy response to these threats which comprises three key components:
- New Telecoms Security Requirements
- Establishing an enhanced legislative framework for security in telecoms
- Managing the security risks posed by suppliers
This event seeks to bring together Government, regulators, mobile operators, vendors, operators of private networks and cyber-security organization together to explore the opportunities and challenges that 5G private and start to frame industry’s response to Government’s challenge in this area.
This is one of a series of techUK events and workshops that we are hosting on the issue of 5G and resiliency as we seek to maximise the benefits of 5G.